The average science career in the United States has grown by more than 50% since 1980, according to a new report from the National Science Foundation.
The number of graduates has doubled since then, the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering said in its 2017 report.
The report cites more than 2,500 institutions nationwide and more than $1.3 trillion in research funding as part of the research value.
The average salary for a science major is about $69,000, according the report.
Scientists who complete a Ph.
D. or master’s program in science and engineering can earn a median annual salary of $120,000 or more.
The top 10 percent of scientists in the U.S. earn $155,000 per year, according a 2017 study.
The report also found that more than 60% of students in the country’s STEM fields graduate with a bachelor’s degree or higher, with most receiving degrees in the top 10% of STEM majors.
More than one in five students with science degrees also earn advanced degrees in computer science and mathematics, the report said.
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But the NSC report shows that the nation’s research budget has not kept pace with the pace of economic growth.
The average annual research expenditures for science, engineering, and math (STEM) programs have grown from $13.5 billion in 1980 to $36.5 trillion in 2016, according an NSC study.
That is a 27% increase in the past five years.
But in the decade prior, the average research expenditures grew at a slower rate of 6.7%.
The report said that more research funding should be allocated to those fields that are doing the most.
“Research dollars are not spent to support the advancement of those who have the most promising and exciting ideas or the most innovative products or techniques.
Instead, they are directed towards those who are already well-positioned and who have a strong base of expertise in a field, whether that be in computer vision, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, or the design of advanced devices and medical treatments,” the report stated.